When Love Moved In

Love

Romans 8:37-39
New Living Translation (NLT)

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Love

Love reigns within the heart
Defends against hate’s fiery darts

Holds at bay deep loneliness
Ends the pain we all possess

Speaks to us when we are sad
Comforts when our world goes mad

Wraps us in protective shells
When loved ones say their last farewells

Lingers still when we’re alone
When all the others have up and gone

Yes, Love still reigns within the heart
God moved in and will not depart

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

We call upon You in faith, believing fully in Your promise to love us if we would but love You and our brothers and sisters. Thank You, Lord!

 

Sending in the Clowns

The Circus

1 Timothy 2:1-3
New Living Translation (NLT)

Instructions about Worship

2 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior,


The Circus

Why wouldn’t you enjoy the circus?
What in the world could keep you away?
The lions, the tigers, and the elephants
All make you smile as they roar and they sway,

And way up above you; there’s action
As they dare to swing on the high trapeze,
Or shoot themselves from a giant cannon
And throw knives with great expertise,

But there’s a circus that’s not so entertaining
It comes around after elections each year,
The performers make lots of promises
And charge you for the party and the beer,

And when they finally get down to business
They do things that only benefit the few,
They never pack up their bags and leave town
Though for many it’s long overdue,

So be sure to remember their performance
The last time they rolled into your towns,
They certainly can put on a big show
But the whole thing’s run by the clowns!

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to open our hearts and pray for those who are our leaders that You have placed in authority. You know the beginning and the end. Help us to trust in your guiding. Thank You, Lord!

Why Worry ?

It Rained Today

Matthew 6:27-30
New Living Translation (NLT)

27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?


It Rained Today

The skies turned dark today
Full of rain the clouds were gray

And distant thunder was sure to remind
The lightening would not be far behind

All the while the wind ripped and roared
Soon the rain would begin to pour

Our lives play out as much the same
Troubles come and call our name

And we should do our very best
To go about as though unimpressed

The defense that seems best to use
Is to not worry, simply just refuse

We cannot change the storms that come around
But we can pick up faith and put worry down

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help me to lay down my troubles at Your feet, to turn loose of my worrying, and to pray!

Thank You, Lord!

 

Betrayed

With a Kiss

Mark 14:43-46
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Judas Kiss

43 While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. With him was a mob, with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 His betrayer had given them a signal. “The One I kiss,” he said, “He’s the One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard.” 45 So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, “Rabbi!”—and kissed Him. 46 Then they took hold of Him and arrested Him.


With a Kiss

They come to you in camouflage
Never what they seem to be,
Wolves in sheep’s clothing
Not wanting you to see,

They wear a smile so easy
Never cross you to your face,
But wait until your back is turned
And your character they’ll debase,

What makes them be so two-faced?
Why must they always betray?
There’s something wrong inside them
That makes them be that way,

So do your best to show them mercy
Even when they deserve it not,
It’s hard to forgive the serpent’s kiss
But even harder that it be forgot.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Enter into our hearts and change us from within. That is the only way that we might forgive as You forgive and not remember it again. Thank You, Lord!

 

 

Where To Now?

Retrospect

John 15:13
New Living Translation (NLT)

13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


 

“And so here we are at the end of an era. The Daily Prompt is no more after today. What can I say? Well first, I’ve really enjoyed posting to the Daily Prompt. I’ve been blessed to get to know many of you through your writings and I’ve enjoyed being able to express myself as well. To all of you who took the time to read and visit this blog…”I thank you!”. The Bible tells us that the greatest act of love is to lay down your life for another. That can mean the ultimate act of actually dying for someone else but I believe it can also mean to sacrifice your life in small pieces by helping someone in a million different ways and so I appreciate that all of you have taken the time to visit my tiny blog. Your presence and kind words have touched me and given me great joy. Again, thank you all! “

And as usual, I’ll try to end with a poem.


Retrospective

In retrospect…
It’s been great fun,
Without the Prompt,
What would I’ve done?

No one knew
That I was here,
They wouldn’t come
Even if I gave away beer,

But then I found
The Prompt at last,
It gave me direction
Made writing a blast,

Many came
I know not why,
But I’m glad you did
And that’s no lie,

So on this night
The last we have together,
I’ll say this prayer
It will be my pleasure,

“Father, won’t You hear this prayer?”
“Bless all who read this with Your tender care”,
“Keep them safe from what they fear”
“Let them know that You’re always there!”

©2018 by William Pierce

“Goodnight All”


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Broken But Not Defeated

Broken

Revelation 21:5
New Living Translation (NLT)

5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”


New

Today I am new
My life holds nothing but hope
I have much to do

 

Broken

I could have done it
If I did not have a past
But I was broken

 

New Again

I have arisen
My past now has no control
I have become new

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

We await Your plan. It is true and trustworthy. Bless us all with Your mercy and grace.


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Changing Day by Day

Juxtapose

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.


My Life Juxtaposed

Take a look
Compare if you will
It was my life then
It’s my life still

But things have changed
And they’ll change even more
Each day I’m becoming
What I was not before

Each day I let go
And become all that I can
By hearing Your voice
And holding Your hand

So if you knew me before
You might not know me at all
I’m growing much bigger
By becoming quite small

It’s not a bad thing
As you might rightly suppose
Once you’ve compared my lives
The old and the new juxtaposed

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

You change us daily. You change us with certainty. One day we will be completely changed. Until then, please have mercy upon us all.


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Lest We Forget

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John 15:13
New Living Translation (NLT)

13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


If Not For Them

On a mountain far from here,
In a valley filled with fear,
In a jungle dark and wet,
Let us who profit not forget,

Those who heard sweet freedom’s call
And who answered it with their all,
Who bleed and died in some foreign land
That we might under this flag stand,

And enjoy a life we pick and choose,
Where we can all have our different views,
Where we have rights that are guaranteed
Upheld in courts by God’s grand decree,

We are not perfect in all we’ve done
Freedom’s prize is not yet completely won,
But let us take this day to celebrate
And in grandest ceremony elevate,

Those whose families look at empty chairs
And must surely wonder why it was theirs,
Who fought against the evil tides,
Who stood with courage though afraid inside.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

On this day we honor those who have given their lives for others. Crown them with honor, Lord, and please comfort their families and friends.


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Who Are Your Friends?

Famous

James 4:4
New Living Translation (NLT)

4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.


Famous

Could I be famous as Amos?
And bake cookies that bring on a smile,
Or maybe be another Elvis
And keep all the young girls beguiled,

Or perhaps I might become a tycoon
And have more money than I can spend,
Then live out there somewhere on the Riviera
And have no one but the richest of friends,

It sounds like a life filled with pleasures
A thrill every minute, every day,
But I’m afraid there’s a fly in the ointment
And everything would turn bitter and gray,

I suppose being famous is alright
If you’re well liked in the proper way,
But here on the Earth it’s been proven
That fame tends to come, then slip away,

It’s not a friend you can count on
It’s here; then suddenly gone,
So you better choose your friends wisely
Or you’ll find that you were always alone.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Bless us all with wisdom that we might make right choices. In doing so we make for ourselves a life that is rich in friendship. Thank You, Lord!


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Opposites Impact

Doppelganger

Revelation 21:1
New Living Translation (NLT)

The New Jerusalem

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared…


Double Trouble

Every bit of matter
Has an “anti” all its own,
It appears they might be twins
But they must live all alone,

If they ever meet each other
As doppelgangers might,
Their attraction for each other
Will cause chaos to ignite,

Now this might sound peculiar
But Dirac postulated it was true,
And now we know if the two should meet
Then the both of them are through.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

May we not be found in opposition to You. May we be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus.
Thank You, Lord!


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